Mar 1, 2014 5:00am PST
with the vision. >> reporter: in fact, it's based on a real american hustle, an fbi sting called abscam that engulfed congress in 1980. >> the biggest political scandal to hit washington since watergate. >> reporter: and it was the first made-for-tv scandal resulting in convictions of seven members of congress, including a senator and other politicians, all caught on state-of-the-art surveillance taking thousands of dollars in bribes from phony arab sheikhs. one congressman actually stuffing cash in his suit with investigators claiming later he was hiding it from the mob. and like christian bale's irving rosenfeld, abscan's mastermind was also a con man. melvin weinberg, a flashy, bronx-born swindler turned paid fbi informant. we caught up with weinberg, now retired in florida. how'd you become a confidence man? >> oh, it was easy. you want to make a buck? i seen what was going on back in them days, and everybody was charging people points to get a construction loan or a mortgage. >> reporter: first targeting white-collar crime, weinberg and the fbi set up abdul enterprises, repr
Feb 27, 2014 7:00am PST
destroyed and two others were badly damaged. no word on a cause. >>> the fbi is investigating several acts of vandalism. anti-wealth graffti has been found. the fbi is handing the case because they track activist movements. we'll check weather, good morning. >>> good morning, scott. we're looking at another round of showers and thunderstorms that arrive tonight. it will be stronger than the one that came through this morning. go on twitter, we're doing a live chat right now. search nbc bay area weather. a lot of the activity is falling apart and not going to continue to hold together. jacket weather today, 60s for daytime highs. mike, how is the drive? >> it's a little better now. looking here toward palo alto. southbound 101 things were gumming up until about five minutes ago when it started to move more smoothly. on the east bay side we're looking at oakland. that is not bad and the slowing is gradual approaching high street. the south bay northbound on the 101. the orange means speeds are closer to 55. that's good news. >>> another local news update for you in half an hour. >>> fro
Mar 6, 2014 7:00am PST
for joining us, i'm peggy bunker. >> the fbi is revealing new details about the gypsy hill murders. >> yes, good morning this press conference is just getting under way. what they're doing is talking about a series of unsolved killingings in the peninsula dating back to 1976. young women that were stabbed.
Feb 27, 2014 4:00am PST
the south of ukraine in the crimea region. nbc news learned exclusive details about an fbi informant planted inside of al qaeda. according to numerous sources, the fbi had a mole who actually met osama bin laden eight years before the september 11th attacks. and this mole knew bin laden planned to finance terror plots, but the bureau opted not to disclose that information to the 9/11 commission. the informant acted as a, quote, driver and confidant for the man who planned the 1993 terror attack on the world trade center. bin laden apparently told the mole about a planned attack on a masonic lodge in los angeles, that information in the end helping the fbi to prevent the attack from happening. >>> the nutritional panels on all those foods that we buy are about to get a bit of a makeover. today, michelle obama and the head of the fda will announce proposed updates as part of the first lady's push to help americans make healthier choices. nbc's tracie potts is in washington. and tracie, as we look at some of these possible changes, how might they make things easier, some will be asking.
Feb 27, 2014 4:30am PST
off a car bomb outside an oakland bank. the bomb was a fake. his partner an undercover fbi agent. the former marine was found to have a history of mental illness. he faces up to 15 years in prison. >> a campbell man sun der arrest accused of trying to kill his family with his car. it happened down the street from west mont high. the detectives say anthony mcsherry's two kids and mother were in his acura when he slammed into a home. after the crash one witness says the driver got out and ran but a neighbor caught him. others helped rescue the mother and kids. they were not seriously hurt. >> when i came around the corner here, the car was in here, the hole in the bushes and it was smoking and there were kids in the car screaming and crying. the mother was in there. >> two people inside the home were not hurt either. mcsher have i charged with attempted murder and driving under the influence. >> it's 4:38. more on our weather alert. a look at fremont. the roads slick but no raindrops at least for now. >> let's check in with christina who is going to have a busy morning. >> good mor
Mar 1, 2014 7:00am PST
nutritional products corporation in pleasanton. over the past decades fbi agents have gotten tips pointing them to the north bay and santa cruz. he's been on the most wanted terrorist list since 2009 and there's now a $250,000 reward for his capture. >>> and now to an nbc bay area follow-up. a southern california woman has pleaded no contest to this attack on blues musician lester chambers. 73-year-old chambers was in hayward last year for a blues festival and when he dedicated his song to florida teenager trayvon martin this woman jumped on stage and shoved him into an amplifier. she was charged with felony elder abuse. earlier that day george zimmerman was acquitted in the killings of trayvon martin. >>> what a headache. thousands of californians will have to redo their online applications for health care coverage because of a software error in the covered california system. state officials say it impacts more than 14,000 people who partially completed applications or updated them between february 17th and february 19th. covered california says it will contact you if you are one
Mar 1, 2014 7:00am EST
fact, it's based on a real american hustle, an fbi sting called abscam that engulfed congress in 1980. >> the biggest political scandal to hit washington since watergate. >> reporter: and it was the first made-for-tv scandal re new jersey, and of course, here in washington, d.c., where two congressmen, frank thompson and john murphy, were caught on tape taking bribes in this very house, a house that the fbi was renting from an unsuspecting "washington post" reporter. the tapes produced memorable moments, including congressman ozzie myers uttering these infamous words -- >> money talks in this business, and bull [ bleep ] talks. it's the same way in washington." >> reporter: to this day, myers says he and other lawmakers were entrapped by the fbi. >> no one was ever predisposed to any kind of criminal activity. >> reporter: the u.s. attorney in new jersey during abscam who worked on the case sort of agrees, calling the operation unsavory. >> the politicians disgraced themselves by going before the camera, but the justice department disgraced itself as well. they didn't control this inv
Mar 5, 2014 6:00am EST
stafford home. gonzalez has been an fbi agent for nearly two decades. jury selection was postponed yesterday because of bad weather. >>> one person was killed and seven others injured in a new jersey gas explosion. take a look at this video. construction crews damaged a gas line in the trenton suburb of ewing yesterday afternoon. a spark triggered the explosion that destroyed ten homes and damaged 45 others. >>> happening today, a minimum wage of $10.10 closer to becoming law in maryland. the bill is heading to the house of delegates for approval today. the house economic matters committee approved that bill yesterday. they rejected a bill that would set a different standard amount for rural areas. the committee also delayed the proposed three-step increase by six months. instead of taking effect in july, the first phase increase to $8.20 will take place next january:president obama heads to connecticut to rally support with four governors who are also looking to raise wages in their states. raising the minimum wage has become a midterm election talking point for democrats. the pre